Dan Tessier

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Dan Tessier
Born (1979-01-03) January 3, 1979 (age 38)
Orléans, ON, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for ECHL
Louisiana IceGators
Columbus Cottonmouths
Fresno Falcons
HOL
Amstel Tijgers
DEL2
Fischtown Pinguins
AHL
Toronto Roadrunners
EIHL
Nottingham Panthers
Sheffield Steelers
SUI-B
HC Lausanne
DEL
EV Duisburg
IHL
Kalamazoo Wings
Playing career 2000–2009

Dan Tessier (born January 3, 1979) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who last played for the Nottingham Panthers of the British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

He was featured in the first season of Making the Cut, a hockey-based reality show which aired in 2004.

Playing career[edit]

Tessier played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he served as a team captain for the Ottawa 67's. Establishing his success with faceoffs as a top aspect of his game, he was awarded the OHL Top Faceoff Award in the trophy's inaugural three years through 1998 to 2000,[1] as well as the CHL Top Faceoff Award in 1999. After an 84-point season in 1998–99, Tessier led the 67's to a Memorial Cup championship as the tournament hosts. In his fourth and final year with the 67's, he was named to the OHL First All-Star Team, earned the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy for his humanitarian efforts and won Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the OHL's best overage player with a second consecutive 84-point season.

Undrafted by a National Hockey League (NHL) club, Tessier earned an invite to the Montreal Canadiens training camp in 2000.[2] He spent his professional rookie season in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Louisiana IceGators, recording 35 points in 60 games. The following season, he earned another NHL training camp invite with the Ottawa Senators.[2] Tessier spent the 2001–02 season, however, overseas in the Holland Super League with the Amstel Tijgers where he finished second in league scoring with 43 points in 33 games, as well as first in playoff scoring.[2]

Tessier subsequently bounced between the North American minor professional leagues in the American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL as well as the European leagues, such as the German 2nd Bundesliga (DEL2), and Bundesliga (DEL), the Swiss Nationalliga B (SUI-B), and the British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

In 2004, he competed in the CBC's inaugural season of Making the Cut, a hockey-based reality show in which contestants compete for a spot on one of the six Canadian NHL teams.

On April 6, 2009 Tessier retired from his professional ice hockey career after the Nottingham Panthers' Elite League playoff defeat against Sheffield Steelers.[3]

Hockey camps[edit]

In 2002, Tessier branched out by opening his own hockey instruction school for youths during the summer.[2]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Cumberland Grads CJHL 52 31 52 83 87 - - - - -
1996-97 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 22 27 49 43 22 1 6 7 10
1997-98 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 28 37 65 55 13 6 11 17 12
1998-99 Ottawa 67's OHL 68 36 48 84 64 8 0 2 2 10
1999–2000 Ottawa 67's OHL 55 39 45 84 66 6 2 2 4 14
2000-01 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 60 20 15 35 116 14 3 6 9 10
2001-02 Amstel Tijgers Hlnd 33 23 20 43 116 6 7 3 10 8
2002-03 Bremerhaven REV 2.GBun 54 19 28 47 115 3 1 0 1 27
2003-04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 34 4 11 15 20 - - - - -
2003-04 Columbus Cottonmouths ECHL 34 12 29 41 32 - - - - -
2004-05 Fresno Falcons ECHL 60 25 34 59 114 - - - - -
2005-06 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 19 11 15 26 42 - - - - -
2005-06 HC Lausanne Swiss-B 20 12 13 25 48 12 5 10 15 20
2006-07 Sheffield Steelers EIHL 62 23 76 99 161 - - - - -
2007-08 EV Duisburg DEL 19 0 6 6 14 - - - - -
2007-08 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 20 5 15 20 32 - - - - -
2008-09 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 45 18 45 63 73 - - - - -
OHL Totals 255 125 157 282 228 49 9 21 30 46
ECHL Totals 154 57 78 135 262 14 3 6 9 10
AHL Totals 34 4 11 15 20 - - - - -
IHL Totals 20 5 15 20 32 - - - - -

All stats taken from Dan Tessier career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "OHL announces award winners". CANOE. 2000-03-26. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d [1]
  3. ^ Nielson backs Panthers to respond

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